MISS VAN: Wild at Heart : Dorothy Circus Rome | Solo Show

17 Nov 2012 - 20 Jan 2013
From the gigantic Lolitas winking on the Parisian walls, surrounded by cute animals, to the erotic and mysterious dolls, to the dark princess and the icons with sweet tears, Miss Van’s works are always permeated by a thin eroticism. Her girls, with their never vulgar bare breasts, cast languishing and provoking glances through their thick, half-closed lashes, while their lips remind you of a childish heart.
Through a research that brings her on a territory that is more and more intimate and personal, Miss Van seems to have found the essence of the genetic code of seduction by dressing and undressing her dolls with clothes and masks typical of the traditional repertoire of erotic iconographies.
Miss Van, like a master perfumer, has become able to shape the Eros, even possessing the perception of smells and moods of the most famous courtesans in history, stealing the secrets in their wild hearts. Daughters of burlesque art, her provocative Venuses bring us back to the biographical notes of the dancers at the Folies Bergères or the young courtesans in the hot Venetian nights, able to feel pleasure and give pleasure, turning it into an art, in order to conquer powerful men, preys to their charm, and possess their power.
In her last works, Miss Van tells us about women who, like Messalina, queen of wild hearts, have declined this fate, twining themselves in a dangerous seductive spiral.
Lonely characters locked and squeezed in their self-seduction games, prisoners surrendered in their roles, but still able to love.
The potion that Miss Van gives us is double-edged: it may inebriate and flourish, but it may also poison and wither whoever drinks it.
But in the end, don’t that seduction and power have the same substance? Like a couple where it is really hard to establish who the real victim is and who the real executioner is. For her first Italian solo show, Miss Van will present seven band new artworks created for Dorothy Circus Gallery, nine selected artworks from her recent production and two collaboration pieces with artist Dan Quintana, author with Miss Van, of the spectacular graffiti made in Los Angeles.
The great artist Dan Quintana will exhibit beside the queen of graffiti art, with 4 brand new artworks.
About Miss Van
Miss Van started wall-painting in the streets of Toulouse at the age of 18, initiating the feminine movement in street art.
Her sultry female characters began to pop up on city center walls in the mid-1990s and they instantly possessed a timeless quality, as if women had always painted such graffiti in the streets. The more she moved into gallery work and could work with the nuances of more fragile media than the streets would allow, the more her characters grew more sensitive, subtle, and delicately rendered. She is now exhibiting all around the world from NY to LA, Europe (France, Switzerland, Germ nay, Spain, Italy, UK, etc.), and Asia. She has shown in art centers and museums as the city gallery of Schwaz in Austria (curator: Karin Perrnegger), the Baltic Art Center in the UK or the Von der Heydt Museum, Kunsthalle in Wuppertal, Germany. She has shown with some of the greatest artists such as Os Gemeos, Mike Giant, Banksy, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Barry Mcgee, Ryan McGinness, Takashi Murakami, Ed Templeton, and many others.